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Posted: 1/19/2006 10:16:57 PM EDT
I am considering a New Glock in the very near future and have looked at both the 30 and the 36. What does everyone think of the slimline? I love the look of it - anyone shot it? I assume it feels great in a holder since it is so slim, anyone carry this one? I am worried about it being so light - only 20 or 21 ounces, that may be really light for someone my size. How is the recoil on it say in comparison to the .40 in the compact Glock?

Thanks for the help.

Phil
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:25:02 PM EDT
What recoil? It's not bad...at all. I like it better than the G30 because it is so slim. Before you buy make sure you hold it and see how it fits your hand. Some people don't like it because it IS so slim. I am really skinny, and not extremely tall, and I can get it to conceal under almost anything. It weighs close to nothing, so I hardly notice it on my side. All in all I am happy with it.


-Derek
Link Posted: 1/19/2006 10:27:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/19/2006 10:30:17 PM EDT by ElCamino]
I think it's more comfortable to shoot than the G30. G30 is too chunky for me.

ETA: .45 is a lot easier to shoot than .40 IMO.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:47:49 AM EDT
I don't have a whole lot of experience with either .40 or .45, so I will be heading to a range and firing a few of the glocks they have for rent there before I purchase one. ElCamino, why do you feel that the .45 is easier to shoot than the .40? And sled, what kind of holster do you use - IWB? What brand?

Thanks again for the help

Phil
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:13:42 AM EDT
I have a G-30, and a G-27. And just bought a G-23 today. The 40 is more snappy in the recoil. It's a sharper impulse. The 45 is like a push. If that makes any sense to you. It's easier to get back on target with the 45. I like both of them, and they are easy to shoot once you get used to them.

Also, I picked the 30 over the 36 due to the ability to use G-21 13 round mags in it. The thickness of the grip didn't make a difference to me. Of course I am a little thick too

Good Luck
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:33:44 AM EDT
Try it before you buy it (that goes for any handgun).

I know the G30 can be converted to .22LR, 10MM and/or .357Sig - Not sure if that matters to you.

The G36 both shoots and carries very well. I don't think anyone would really have any trouble carrying it. I'm 5'11, 170lbs and it fits me like a glove... and it still did even when I was 150lbs (firearms instigated diet ).
I really don't think you'll be disappointed by the G36. When you go to make the purchase handle both models and see what you think and be sure to keep in mind that if you are going to carry, the added weight and width of the G30 should be taken into account.

If you are interested in looking at some pics of the G36, you can go here. FYI, if you haven't browsed hunt101 before, you need to click on the image a second time to have it display at it's full resolution (or click the link with the higher number: 33kb 218kb - The later being the one to click).
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 9:50:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2006 9:52:40 AM EDT by BrianNH]
Over the years I've owned a few G36's, not to mention many other Glocks. I will say that the G36's pack well due to it's slimness, however, the slide is the same thickness as a G26/27 , only the grip is slimmer. If you looking for a real compact pistol, look at the G26 and G27. I'n my experience, I have found the G36 to be stout on the recoil, and sensitive to limp wristing. I question it's reliability due to it's lack of slide mass. I dont care how many people put thousands of rounds down range with their G36's that's great that it works for them, that;'s what really matters. If you aren't so concerened with the slim factor and just want a compact 45 acp, then the G30 is a completely different aninal than the g36. It is more controllable, can be more accurate in my opinion, and more reliable.

In summary: If you want something where concealability is a primary factor, I would look into the G26/G27. If caliber (45 acp) is the primary factor, I would seriously consider the G30 as it is a real winner in my opinion.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 8:52:24 PM EDT
The G36 is an easy gun to carry and shoot... I use a G27 often but I tend to carry the G36 most of the time while working (plain clothes cop). Trijicon night sights, 185 gr Rem Golden Sabers, FIST k-1 tucked in the front of my pants with shirt untucked... I had the grip done by stippledgrip.com and it's great.. My extra mag has the Pearce one-shot extension with same stipple job. I've put well over 700 rounds of 230gr ball and 150 rounds of Sabers with zero malfunctions.... I use a Kramer belt scabbard for other details...
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 8:42:02 PM EDT
I just picked a used GLOCK 36 up...came with Peirce extensions and a LaserMax. I'm not all impressed with the LaserMax and it seemed to make my shooting lazy, but I'll have to train myself with it to get accustomed to it. My pinky was a little sore after 150 rds, but I think this was from the grip tape on the side of the mag...Overall I was very happy with my groupings at 25ft and look forward to this lightweight and powerful GLOCK.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 4:24:54 AM EDT
I have carried my G36 for years and I LOVE IT. I have shot it so much that I am more than confident in carrying 7 shots. The recoil is very tamed. In fact, I think the G27 is much more uncomfortable to shoot than the 36. If you get the 36 you won't regret it. Like a few folks said above the G30 is just too blocky for my taste.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 1:36:12 PM EDT
I had a Glock 36 and I had nothing but trouble with it. It would jam on me a couple of rounds on every magazine. I don't think I was limp wristing the gun, I have three other Glocks that shoot perfect for me. I tried several different types of ammo and three differnt magazines, same result. I intended to use it for my carry gun but found it to be unacceptable, took it back to the gun store and they gave me full credit towards a Glock 29. I'm very happy now!

(When I took it back to the gunstore the clerk took it in the back and fired three mags through it without a hitch so I guess it just me. Dunno and don't care, gotta have faith in what you carry!)

Good luck with yours,

Ken Gordon
Fairbanks, Alaska
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 6:09:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Southrnshooter:
I have a G-30, and a G-27. And just bought a G-23 today. The 40 is more snappy in the recoil. It's a sharper impulse. The 45 is like a push. If that makes any sense to you. It's easier to get back on target with the 45. I like both of them, and they are easy to shoot once you get used to them.

Also, I picked the 30 over the 36 due to the ability to use G-21 13 round mags in it. The thickness of the grip didn't make a difference to me. Of course I am a little thick too

Good Luck



same thing here, I have a G21 and G30 GenIII, and love them both..... I carry the 30 as backup to my duty weapon, and the ability to take the G21 mags is a huge plus in my book!! I have big hands so the size of the grip is a non-issue to me,,,

I have shot the 36 and 30 side by side,, I prefer the G30, but thats just me!
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 10:54:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By havoc1969:

Originally Posted By Southrnshooter:
I have a G-30, and a G-27. And just bought a G-23 today. The 40 is more snappy in the recoil. It's a sharper impulse. The 45 is like a push. If that makes any sense to you. It's easier to get back on target with the 45. I like both of them, and they are easy to shoot once you get used to them.

Also, I picked the 30 over the 36 due to the ability to use G-21 13 round mags in it. The thickness of the grip didn't make a difference to me. Of course I am a little thick tooh.gif

Good Luckhug.gif



same thing here, I have a G21 and G30 GenIII, and love them both..... I carry the 30 as backup to my duty weapon, and the ability to take the G21 mags is a huge plus in my book!! I have big hands so the size of the grip is a non-issue to me,,,

I have shot the 36 and 30 side by side,, I prefer the G30, but thats just me!



I ended up going with the 30 after much debate. Can someone (havov or Southrnshooter perhaps) explain the 21 mags in the 30. How is it possible to carry so many rounds in such a small frame? Is that with a grip extension or just the standard 21 mags? Is there a downside to using such large capacity mags with jamming, etc? Appr. how much do they cost? Thanks for the help.
Phil
Link Posted: 2/17/2006 11:10:53 AM EDT
Standard G-21 mags will fit into the 30 with a little hanging out at the bottom. The G-30 is basically a chopped version of the G-21. But the frame and mag funnel are the same.

I keep the standard mag in the gun for concealment, and 2 (21's) in a mag holder. The G-21 mags run about the same in price. KBlagg and Outdoor brothers have them for around $17. Midway USA has a special right now for $15.99.

As far a jamming, I have never had any problem with any of my Glocks. The G-21 mags are identical to the 30's with the exception of length. That is where you get your extra capacity. The 21's are longer.

I really like my 30, and if it feels good in your hand, I think you will probably like it too. I hope this helps.

Enjoy....
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 10:42:37 PM EDT
I have owned a 36 for about 3 years. I also got pinky rash after an hour or so at the range.

Last year I installed a few tweaks to the gun and now it's perfect for me.

1)Lasermax Internal Laser
2)Large floorplates for the mags (Only about 1/8 longer... but man what a difference in feel... for me anyway.
3)The little thingy that plugs that wierd hole a the bottom of the handgrip behind the mag to line up with the bottom of the larger floor plate.h.gif

4)Extended Slide stop lever. BTW, the extended mag release button is ridiculously huge, don't get it IMHO.

5)Competition trigger 45.00 bucks=lighter pull, smoother, better trigger reset...just better damn it.

The only thing I wish this gun had is a rail for a light, but being thin does have its trade-offs. Overall, the gun is great. Good luck with yours!Jon
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 9:04:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/25/2006 9:10:53 PM EDT by middleman]
My last trip to the range with my G36 had 3 stovepipe failure to ejects out of 100 rounds, most likely due to limp wristing. I can hit very well with my G36 and have no particular issues with the recoil. Over a longer shooting session however, fatigue sets in, affecting my grip and then I start to see the FTEs. Maybe I can do some G36'ercises with some hand weights? I probably won't sell my G36 but I'm disappointed in the reliability and sensitivity to limp wristing of this model and will go back to my G19 as my primary carry gun until I sort this out a little better. If I could do it again, I would go with the G30 for the .45ACP punch and the G26 when I need better concealability.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 9:07:56 PM EDT
Glock 30.
Link Posted: 2/26/2006 9:01:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/26/2006 12:49:50 PM EDT by spider]
I have a 36 & love it as well.
I've owned pretty much one of each model Glock since their inception &, of course, lean towards any offering in .45ACP (that said, I've never even handled their 45 GAP stuff.) The 36 is the only one I have left. My dad liked it so much he bought one just like it.

The 36 is, redundantly, perfect perfection. It used to live in the console of the CJ, but since I've been shooting the Nighthawk more the other .45s get a bit more range time as well. The 1911 gets more waisband time than the Glock, but I'm perfectly comfortable carrying either. The only mods to the 36 have been an upgraded LCI extractor, extended slide release (to aid in locking the slide back manually), Trijicons, Pearce Grip +0 floorplates for all mags, & a good dremel polishing of the barrel's feedramp/throat/chamber (accomplished on every pistol I own.) One mag hiccups from time to time, but it's numbered so I'll know which one to leave in the range bag. I normally carry it in a Fobus OWB, but I'm looking at the new Blackhawk CQC paddle.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 6:33:33 PM EDT
JUST PURCHASED A NIB G36 AND 3 MAGS WITH PEARCE +1 EXTENSIONS. I JUST FINISHED PUTTING 600+ OF WINCHESTER BALL AMMO WITH NUMEROUS FTE'S! THE SPENT CASING IS ABOUT 1/2 OUT OF THE CHAMBER AND THE NEXT ROUND IS JAMMED BETWEEN IT AND THE RAMP (DOUBLE FEED). I AM GUESSING THAT THE EXTRACTOR IS RELEASING THE CASING ABOUT HALF WAY BACK THROUGH THE CYCLE THUS NEVER HITTING THE EJECTOR. THE NEXT ROUND IS CYCLED AND A DOUBLE FEED OCCURS?? MANUALY CYCLING A FULL MAGAZINE OF AMMUNITION HAS NO FTE'S.

NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PEARCE AND STOCK FLOOR PLATES. MAJORITY OF FAILURES ARE THE 3RD OR 4TH ROUND IN THE MAGAZINE...THE REST OF THE FAILURES WERE THE FIRST ROUND FIRED. PROBLEM BECAME WORSE AS I CONTINUED TO BREAK IT IN. HOWEVER, IT IS NOT CONSISTENT EVERY TIME AND HAS NOT OCCURRED WITH RAPID FIRE. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A DUTY WEAPON AND I HAVE NO FAITH IN IT. CURRENTLY CARRYING MY SA 1911A1 AGAIN (NEVER A GLITCH...BUT HEAVY AS HELL).

ANY SUGGESTIONS BEFORE MY GUN TAKES A TRIP TO GEORGIA??

THANKS
MIKE
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